In his first remarks to reporters since taking office this month, FBI Director Jim Comey addressed security concerns following the Navy Yard shootings that left 13 people dead. He also talked about sequestration and leaks on government surveillance programs.
U.S. Circuit Judge William Traxler compared liking something on Facebook to displaying a political sign on your front yard, which the Supreme Court has found to be "substantive speech."
Francis' comments came in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications. He said when the church does speak about issues like gays, abortion and contraception, it should do so in context. "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," he said.
For those in places like Aurora, Tucson and Newtown, each new mass tragedy brings back terrible memories of their own traumas. Many say the shootings offer a reminder of the need to combat violence, but none pretend to offer any easy solution.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras lashes out at the right-wing Golden Dawn party after an extremist admits to killing a prominent Greek hip-hop artist.
The region has an alarmingly high incidence of rotted teeth, and heavy soda consumption is a big reason why, dentists and health advocates say. So they're beginning to target the food stamp program to ban recipients from buying soda with their vouchers.
Child labor is not a minor social blight in the country, it's a pillar of the economy — and it looks a lot like child labor in the U.S. circa the Industrial Revolution. As Myanmar opens to the world, its child labor practices are likely to face greater scrutiny.
For many economists, yesterday's news from the Federal Reserve came out of left field. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said the economy still isn't strong enough to taper off bond buying stimulus. The news has left some of the economic forecasters feeling led down the garden path -- a lot of money will have been lost taking financial positions based on the big prediction that didn't materialize.
Drew Matus, senior US economist at UBS Securities, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss.
Click the audio player above to hear more. And to listen to David's conversation with Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, click here.
You may want to think twice before bragging about all of those Twitter followers you've racked up. Apps and websites help figure out which followers are real, fake and "inactive" users.
When Massachusetts was trying to promote its health care reform law in 2007, it partnered with the Boston Red Sox. Pitcher Tim Wakefield appeared in ads promoting the exchange where Massachusetts residents could buy health insurance. There was a special “cover your bases” night at Fenway Park. And there were information booths at all home games so fans could find out about health insurance plans and even enroll.
But now that health care reform has gone national, things are different. No major league baseball teams are helping promote it. Football teams have shied away, too, except for the Baltimore Ravens, which will run an ad for the Maryland exchange before and after game broadcasts.
Advertising during games was a “no brainer,” said Becca Pearce, the executive director of the Maryland exchange, because many of Maryland’s uninsured are young men who like the Ravens.
“We know in our research that 71 percent of the uninsured either watched, listened to or attended a Ravens game in the past year,” she said.
Pearce said the exchange has a partnership with the Ravens, but it’s not as if players will be touting the benefits of health insurance. The team says the deal is nothing special, comparing it to advertising arrangements with the Maryland Lottery and Verizon. And the team turned down a request to talk about the ads.
Sports marketers say there’s a reason the Ravens are downplaying their deal with the Maryland Exchange.
“The team might actually anger the fans," said Chris Anderson of the firm Marketing Arm. "And they might be so upset in fact that the fans say you know what I’m not going to come back to the game next week.”
Anderson said President Obama’s health care reform law is much more political and controversial than the Massachusetts plan was. Indeed, a couple months ago, Republican congressional leaders sent a letter to six professional sports leagues, including the NFL, warning that a team would "risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand" by helping promote health care reform.
But the letter writers left soccer off the list. DC United, Washington’s soccer team, will help promote the District of Columbia’s exchange, said its chief, Mila Kofman. She said they’re sponsoring three DC United games next month, running public announcements, and setting up information booths in the parking lot and stadium
“We know that fans are Republicans and Democrats and some don’t care about politics at all," she said. "And this is all about the facts, getting the facts to the fans so they can make more informed decisions.”
You might think DC United would be eager to get out the facts about the partnership. But it seemed they were following the Ravens' lead -- even a team that has signed on to promote the health care reform law turned down our request for an interview.
Today is the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, a popular Chinese holiday where families typically gather to light lanterns and eat mooncakes. We take a look at some of the myths around the pastry's origins.
Outrage in the U.S. over a French photo spread featuring a seductively arrayed 10-year-old model helped spur proposed legislation to ban child beauty pageants in France. That's ironic considering how popular, prevalent and lucrative the American child, or "glitz," beauty pageant industry is.
People who show up wounded at a hospital often don't tell police. When a hospital in Cardiff, Wales, shared that information without naming names, the toll of violence dropped, and the city saved $11 million a year on health care and policing. Other British cities are adopting the program.
Google has announced it will be starting Calico, a new biotech company that aims to study the biology behind the process of aging with the hopes of finding a way to help humans live longer.
It has been almost 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty." But more than 15 percent of Americans still lived in poverty last year, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Host Michel Martin discusses how the country is tackling poverty today with researcher Isabel Sawhill and economics professor Martha Bailey.
The former House majority leader, a Republican, was convicted in 2010 for his part in what at the time was judged to be an illegal scheme to funnel money to candidates. But a Texas appeals court has ruled that the state failed to prove its case.
The Federal Reserve's big surprise: no cuts to bond buying for now, the economy isn't strong enough.
JPMorgan agrees to pay $920 million in fines over bad bets. The 'London Whale' saga continues.
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Publications are hiring reporters to cover the luxury life. Could you qualify?
More than 60 percent of the Senate and most members of the House of Representatives are millionaires. California Republican Darrell Issa tops the list, with an estimated net worth of more than $355 million. A public policy professor tells Americans how to put more working-class people in Congress.
Rescuers have reached some of the remote areas affected by floods, as electricity and phones have been restored.
The Wall Street Journal has a position open: mansion reporter. Just goes to show that while newspapers and magazines are clawing for ad revenue, there's one segment of the industry that's having a lot less trouble: the luxury market.
Say I wanted to apply for the new reporter's job at the luxury website VeryFirstTo.com. According to the job description, I'd have to be able “distinguish between the roar of a Bentley and a Lexus engine,” Now, I've never been in a Bentley. So, can I get the job?
"Well, you certainly appear to qualify on the personality traits," says Marcel Knobil, founder of VeryFirstTo.com, "but unfortunately we're looking for someone who is really acquainted with loads of aspects of luxury."
VeryFirstTo.com previews products and experiences for wealthy early adopters. Media outlets are hiring people to write the stories that go around luxury ads, says Rick Edmonds, media business analyst with The Poynter Institute.
"It could be kind of leaving money on the table not to do something that served that particular advertising market," he says.
Edmonds says it's not just for the super-rich. Plenty of people are happy to live like "The Real Housewives of New York" vicariously.